Celebrating Marilyn Pierce, EECS Graduate Administrator

In celebration of Marilyn Pierce’s 35-year long career as graduate administrator in the Department, a special reception was held in her honor on May 4 at the Stata Center. Many of Marilyn’s EECS graduates, current graduate students, members of the EECS faculty, EECS administrators and members of the MIT-wide community including Provost (and former EECS Department Head) L. Rafael Reif joined EECS Department Head Eric Grimson, EECS Graduate Officer Arthur C. Smith, and organizing faculty member Prof. Leslie Kolodziejski in wishing Marilyn a happy retirement and thanking her for her incredible years of service.

Marilyn Pierce shows off a digitized rendering of her photo presented to her by EECS graduate students at the retirement party held for her on May 4, 2007.

Marilyn Pierce shows off a digitized rendering of her photo presented to her by EECS graduate students at the retirement party held for her on May 4, 2007.

In fact, Marilyn started her working career at MIT in the EECS Department in April 1964 working for John Wozencraft. She was ‘discovered’ as an ideal replacement for then retiring EECS graduate administrator Dorothy Young in 1972 while she worked as secretary for department head Louis Smullin. Then Associate Department Heads Mildred Dresselhaus and Robert Fano noted Marilyn’s unusual talents for relating to faculty and students. By June 1973, Marilyn assumed full responsibilities for all of the upcoming 35 years of EECS graduate office administration including the nurture of nearly 7,000 graduate students.

CSAIL Director and EECS faculty member Victor Zue (left) joins the many well-wishers at the party for Marilyn Pierce on May 4, 2007.

CSAIL Director and EECS faculty member Victor Zue (left) joins the many well-wishers at the party for Marilyn Pierce on May 4, 2007.

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